The Neon Museum, 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North, will open its doors to the public on Oct. 27, after having its Grand Lighting ceremony on Oct. 23.
Founded in 1996, the museum has collected 150 neon signs dating back to 1930s-era Las Vegas. While the museum’s “Boneyard” (the area housing the sign collection) had been open for reservations-only tours, it’s now a full-fledged museum with a visitor center in the old La Concha Motel lobby. (Above, the La Concha Motel lobby. Photo courtesy of the Neon Museum.)
“Visitors from around the world have been eagerly anticipating the Neon Museum’s opening for many years,” Danielle Kelly, Neon Museum’s executive director said, “so it gives us tremendous pleasure to be able to unveil this remarkable and historic collection to the public.” (Above, the colorful history of Las Vegas is on display at the Neon Museum. Photo courtesy of the Neon Museum.)
Signs from such iconic Las Vegas properties as the Moulin Rouge, the Desert Inn, the Flamingo and the Stardust are part of the museum’s collection. The visitor center is in the old La Concha Motel lobby, a Mid-Century Modern structure designed by Paul Revere Williams and constructed in 1961. The building, originally on Las Vegas Boulevard South, was spared the wrecking ball in 2005 and moved to its current location at the museum in 2006. (Above, the Hacienda Horse and Rider sign. Photo courtesy of the Neon Museum.)
The La Concha Visitors Center is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Boneyard tours, which last about 45 minutes, will be offered every half hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Tickets are $18; $12 for students with ID, seniors, veterans and Nevada residents; free for kids ages 6 and younger. Tour capacity is limited, and it’s advised to buy tickets in advance on the museum website, www.NeonMuseum.org.
Both the La Concha Visitors Center and the Boneyard are at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. Details: www.NeonMuseum.org or 702-387-6366.
For a look at the Las Vegas Sun’s coverage of the Grand Lighting ceremony, click here.
For more information on planning a trip to Nevada, visit the Nevada Commission on Tourism.